My significant other and I stayed here for 3 days and two nights during early September and it was one of the best trips we've had in Alaska. Being from Fairbanks, we wanted to getaway to a remote part of the state which is removed from the glut of tourism along the highway between Fairbanks and Seward. So, we looked to venture out east towards Tok and the mountains in that part of the state. We were very lucky to find LCWL last-minute and making a booking. Jill and John were extremely kind from the beginning while booking the cabin via email and then over the phone. Once arriving at the lodge (which is miles from any city or tourist outlet or even other local homes - a true wilderness lodge), we were walked around the property and kindly shown everything that would be available during our stay. Jill and John had even prepared the wood-fired hot-tub for our arrival! In our cabin, a fire had been lit to warm up the place in anticipation of our stay, and a scented candle was also lit in the windowsill. The cabins are beautiful furnished and decorated in a rustic, yet plush Alaskan wilderness theme. The historic and the new cabins are clean and tidy on the inside, and both are equally furnished and decorated. We enjoyed home-cooked meals in the main lodge, and Jill and John made sure we had plenty to eat - including delicious deserts with dinner. They were very kind to accommodate my partner's vegetarian diet for both breakfast and dinner. Jill and John also have a wonderful dog named Yukon and cat named Kobuk. Yukon would often run beside us during a bike ride (bikes provided by LCWL), and even traced the edge of the pond as we paddled around in the canoe (also provided by LCWL). We enjoyed peaceful walks along the various trails in the area, and did not encounter any other folks along those trails (aside from the occasional other guest). We enjoyed a soak in the hot-tub one evening and even spotted faint views of the Aurora Borealis to the north. John was so kind as to drop-off a thermos of hot-coffee at our cabin door before breakfast (leaving it on the step and not waking-us, of course).....the list of wonderful perks just goes on and on.
I would say the best thing about the LCWL are it's hosts, John and Jill - two incredibly kind people who truly enjoy treating new guests as great friends. You would be very wise to find yourself relaxing at LCWL for even one night during your travels throughout Alaska. Many former guests of LCWL who wrote in the cabin book (a notebook within each cabin for guests to sign and write a little note) had mentioned that the LCWL was the very best time of their trip in Alaska. My partner and I are from Fairbanks and thus live in Alaska year-round. Our time at LCWL was the very best trip either of us have ever taken in Alaska (aside from the numerous backcountry camping trips). If you're from Alaska and want to get-away from it all but still enjoy the comforts of home...or if you're traveling through Alaska and want to get-away from the madhouse of tourism in Seward and Denali...then travel to LCWL.....take a soak in the hot-tub, take a creekside walk with Yukon the dog, hike up a mountainside to view the wilderness of Alaska, canoe across a peaceful and quite boreal pond, ride a bike down the Old Tok Cutoff Road, or simply read a book by the fire in your cabin. And those are just the offerings of a summer-time trip. My partner and I look forward to visiting again in the winter for some Aurora viewing and cross-country skiing in the wilderness!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Come, escape the rat-race, and slip into a bit of our Alaskan Heaven Add a memorable stop to your journey through Alaska with a stay to the Log Cabin Wilderness Lodge, where your hosts, John and Jill Rusyniak, invite you to share the dream they are living.The property is perfectly named: well-maintained log-cabin accommodations in the wilderness of the Little Tok Valley, a breathtakingly beautiful area in the Mentasta. Mountains region of interior Alaska. It is the ideal location to step away from the pace, noise and distractions of your daily life, to relax and catch your breath while traveling and absorb both the grandeur and simple delights of nature.Located 28 miles south of Tok, 300 miles northeast of Anchorage, 240 miles southwest of Fairbanks and six miles from the nearest neighbors, John and Jill's 11 acres are surrounded by millions of acres of public land. Though off the electrical grid and far from the nearest cell phone tower, free WiFi service is available to visitors of at this intersection of rural and modern living.Log Cabin Wilderness Lodge is the complete package of amazing scenery and frequent wildlife sightings, comfortable buildings – some historic, some just a couple of years old – hearty home-cooked meals, a variety of activities. Moreover, a visit to Log Cabin Wilderness Lodge stands out because it includes the opportunity to experience the lifestyle and daily activities of year-round residents.John and Jill have been building toward the reality of Log Cabin Wilderness Lodge throughout their lives together and officially opened the business on May 18, 2008. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Log Cabin Wilderness Lodge Tok, Alaska